04 January, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
4th January (22nd December O.S.):

  • AMASWINTHUS, a monk and abbot for forty-two years at a monastery in Silva de Málaga. He reposed in 982.
  • FLAVIAN, an ex-prefect of Rome, who was branded on the forehead as a slave and exiled to the village of Acquapendente in Tuscany by Julian the Apostate. He reposed there in 362 while in prayer.
  • HUNGER, the Bishop of Utrecht in Holland from 856. During the Norman invasion he fled to Prüm where he died in 866.
  • MARTYRS OF ROME, a group of thirty martyrs who suffered in Rome under Diocletian and were buried on the Via Lavicana circa 303.

* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

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